Call for internship in Paris: Research assistant

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, the French and German governments created the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health (CVV). It responds to the desire to pool knowledge and combine competencies in the field of Public Health. In associating Université Sorbonne Paris Cité and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, it is the objective of the Centre to become an important point of reference in the field of Public Health.

The Centre established an interdisciplinary project on the communication of climate change and health (4CHealth) which is part of the recently created Lancet working group “Lancet Countdown: Tracking progress on health and climate change collaboration”. This umbrella project includes systematic reviews of scientific literature on climate change and health, an analysis of international legislations, and a view of the treatment of climate change and health in the media; it promotes the CVV’s active role in translating scientific knowledge to real-world change, a central goal of public health.

Internship summary

In the scope of this interdisciplinary research project, we are looking for an intern that will work on a review of articles published in two Anglophone newspapers on the topic of climate change and health. The aim of this research is to assess the modalities of newspapers’ rhetoric on the effects of climate change on human health. As “media representations are an important factor in public understanding and engagement with climate science” (Boykoff 2008) this research will contribute to the 4CHealth project by providing tools to better understand the connections between the scientific literature and its impact on the public and the legislations through the media. The articles will be classified and organized in a searchable database referencing data allowing quantitative and qualitative analyses.

The intern will be in charge of

  • Identifying relevant articles in two selected Anglophone newspapers
  • Establishing a database of these articles according to different criteria
  • Conducting comparative analyses of the database
  • Writing a report in form of a scientific article of the obtained results
  • Assisting the team with the overall 4CHealth project

The intern will be integrated in an international, small and dynamic team in Paris.

The ideal candidate will have

  • Enrolled in a Master program in Public Health, information and communication sciences or any other related field
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Interest in climate change and health / Environmental migrations
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team environment as well as on own initiative
  • Proficiency with entire Microsoft Office Suite

The duration of the internship will be between 4-6 months. The student will receive an indemnity, according to the French regulations of around 529,20 € per month. The internship should start in May or June 2017.

Please send a CV and cover letter to:

Anneliese Depoux, Co-Director in Paris: